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half hitch

a knot or hitch made by forming a bight and passing the end of the rope around the standing part and through the bight.
Origin of half hitch
First recorded in 1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The half-hitch is a loop around a rope with the short end secured under the loop (Fig. 69).

    On the Trail Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
  • The bobbins not actually in use hang down fixed as in lace work by a half-hitch.

  • Unhappily, Paddy was standing in the middle of the coil, and before he could jump out of it a half-hitch was caught round his leg.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • Take a half-hitch over the end of each bight with the standing part which is next to it.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • Hiram noted that the Cap'n's trembling hands were taking a half-hitch with a rope's end about a tiller-spoke.

  • Repeat this for the second half-hitch, using standing part in place of pole.

  • A variation of serving is made by "half-hitch" work, as shown in Figs. 139-140.

    Knots, Splices and Rope Work A. Hyatt Verrill
  • To shorten a guy rope on tent or marquee, gather the rope in the form of two long loops and pass a half-hitch over each loop.

  • By making a half-hitch around this internode, the vine is held very firmly.

  • Britt, turning, yelled to the officer at the top of the slope, “Give that snub-line a half-hitch and hold that load!”

British Dictionary definitions for half-hitch


a knot made by passing the end of a piece of rope around itself and through the loop thus made
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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